Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is forced or tricked into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. It can happen to anyone – boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused, remember that it is not your fault and there is help out there for you.
AT RASASC WE OFFER A COUNSELLING AND ISVA SERVICE TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO THE AGE OF 18 WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY SEXUAL VIOLENCE/ABUSE.
Young people who have been sexually abused can experience many overpowering emotions and sometimes these can be difficult to recognise and deal with. These feelings can include anger, rage, sadness, guilt, shame, confusion and many other emotions. None of these are wrong, but they can affect your life in a way that seems difficult, if not impossible to escape. It can also affect your relationships with others which can make you feel lonely too! Your counsellor will help you to explore these feelings within a safe and secure environment. This can be achieved in many ways, your counsellor will help you find better ways of identifying and expressing your feelings and help you to come to terms with what has happened to you and enable you to move on with your life.
As well as counselling, you can also can access the services of specially trained Children and Young people’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors here at RASASC. The role of the ISVA is to work specifically with you and your family through reporting what’s happened to the police, making sure that you understand everything that is going on, and offer practical advice and support through the Criminal Justice process. Please go to the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor page for more of a detailed list of what is provided within this service.
The Child ISVA will also work with different agencies to ensure that any particular needs you may have are addressed and the right support is provided for you. ISVA’s ensure that your wishes are known to others within the legal process and that you feel prepared if your case should go to court.
Remember, whatever happens is not your fault. The important thing is you told the truth about something that happened and telling the truth is never a bad thing to do.
Child Line (24hr emotional support line for people aged 19 years and under): 0800 11 11
VISYON – (Cheshire based Counselling Service for Young People, offering a broad range of support services): 0800 652 6293
www.kooth.com (Young person’s on-line counselling service – 11-25 year olds)
Brook (free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under 25)
Thinkuknow (Advice and information for Young people/carers and teachers around keeping safe on the internet)
Call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 www.nspcc.org.uk